Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Salisbury poisoning suspects' story: What doesn't add up?

Salisbury poisoning suspects' story: What doesn't add up?

The man, who identified themselves as suspects Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Borishov, told the pro-Kremlin news channel RT that they travelled to the southern English town of Salisbury to admire its cathedral and ancient clock.

Britain has said the two men were Russian military intelligence officers nearly certainly acting on orders from high up in the Russian state.

Britain accused Russian Federation of responding with "obfuscation and lies" after the RT interview was aired this morning.

"Well, we came there [to the UK] on 2 March, then went to a railway station to see the timetable".

"We spent no more than an hour in Salisbury, mainly because of the lags between trains", Mr Boshirov said.

"We arrived in Salisbury on March 3 and tried to walk through the town, but we lasted for only half an hour because it was covered in snow", Petrov said. "We got wet, took the train and came back [to London]", the pair told RT before adding that they returned to Salisbury the following day "to see the Old Sarum and the cathedral".

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Britain alleges the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals was carried in a perfume vial, which Boshirov dismissed by saying "Don't you think it's kind of stupid for two straight men to carry perfume for ladies?"

Russia's state-funded RT television station will air an interview on Thursday with two Russians who have the same names as the men accused by Britain of trying to kill a former Russian spy and his daughter, RT's head said.

Later in the interview, the pair of men denied allegations they work for the GRU, Russia's military intelligence service, instead claiming they work in the "fitness industry". Russian Federation has repeatedly denied any involvement in the case.

Britain immediately rejected the pair's claims which they described as "obfuscation and lies" and maintained the assertion of police and prosecutors that they were members of the GRU intelligence agency.

"Russia's position has remained unchanged and clear - we consider it unacceptable to link the Russian leadership or the Russian state to what happened in Salisbury", Peskov said. But very unusual to come all this way for just two days while carrying novichok in their luggage. However, the weather in Salisbury was much better on Sunday, and Stonehenge was open to visitors.

RT's Simonyan noted during the interview that the United Kingdom authorities have accused the men of being members of Russian military intelligence.

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"A tourist town", Boshirov said. So, if we had anything suspicious, they would definitely have questions. "There is nothing special there, nothing criminal, I assure you".

"More importantly, they are deeply offensive to the victims and loved ones of this horrific attack", he said.

Both men looked composed during the interview, but Boshirov said, "We fear for our lives".

The British police believe the men to be officers of Russian military intelligence, GRU, who may have travelled on false passports to London from Moscow in March.

The Skripals survived being poisoned but a local man, Charlie Rowley, picked up a fake perfume bottle containing Novichok weeks later, British investigators have said. We have seen 4 people left seriously ill in hospital and an innocent woman has died.

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